Lansdown, Kinsale, Cork, Surrey, KT20 7LB
- Distance26.2 miles
out and back
- Water stations
- Traffic free
- Wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age18
- Distance MarkersSporadic
- Postal closing date1st Jun 2018
- Size of field150
- Entrants last year120
- Event website
- Event AffiliationOther
A full marathon with height gain/loss of 6,000 feet: the Hardest Marathon in Britain (it's official: Runner's World February 2006). Run every two years, in 'even' years. (A special 'Olympicnic' was held in 2012, with a distance of 31 miles and more than 7000 feet of climbing).
A run for exceptionally hearty man fellows and lady fellows, entirely on rough tracks, and including superb views over the North Downs, the Mole Gap, Denbies Vineyard, and Dorking.
Two circuits of a very hilly out-and back course. Runners attempting the Midsummer Munro (half marathon) will start off at the same time at those attempting The Picnic.
Add 40% to your marathon PB for an estimated finish time. There is a cut-off of 3.00 to reach the half way point (where you can gain the medal for the Midsummer Munro, at least) and 5 hours to reach the 3/4 way point. Note: all runners will be escorted from the course after 7 hours.
(Those with a marathon PB much outside 3:30 will have trouble finishing the course within 5 hours, those with PBs outside 4:15 will struggle to complete the course inside the 7 hour limit).
Please, no crying. Not ever.
ONLINE ENTRY ONLY
The entry fee sounds like a lot, but this includes entry into Britain's hardest marathon (including RW's handling fee), drinks and snacks around the course, your race memento, your race medal and post-race communal picnic. After the race, The Picnic Makes makes a £1000 donation to MIND, the mental health charity.
PLEASE NOTE: Race entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances (unless the race does not proceed for any reason, in which case entry fees will be refunded minus any administration charge).
Names of runners entering after 12 June will not be included on the race shirt.
WARNING: This is an exceptionally tough race, which will exacerbate any pre-existing injury, and is likely to leave you hobbling for days or weeks afterwards. People have been known to retire from running immediately after this race. At the very least, take the rest of the summer off!
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